Dairy producers have a new way of receiving information, thanks to the I-29 Moo University dairy consortium. Extension dairy specialists from each state develop each podcast for the twice monthly podcast.

  “The podcast discusses current issues faced by dairy producers from economics and animal health, to forage, labor and farm programs,” say’s Kim Clark, Nebraska Extension Dairy Educator, and one of three regular hosts for the program.

Podcasts are published every two weeks and feature commentary by I-29 Moo University Extension dairy specialists in conversation with other dairy industry experts.

“Podcasts give dairy producers another avenue to receive timely, relevant dairy related information such as production practices, financial management and practical strategies, and they don’t have to attend a workshop or be in front of their computer,” said Salfer.

Hall adds that the discussions are driven by current topics and questions from producers. The podcast is geared toward dairy producers of all sizes from 20 cows to 10,000 cows.

 “We hope that producers will interact with questions and comments that can help develop more programs,” Hall said.

Each episode is under 30 minutes and is available on the I-29 Moo University website https://feeds.captivate.fm/i-29-moo-u/ as well as on each state’s dairy Extension website. Producers can also subscribe to the “I-29 Moo U Dairy Podcast” on iTunes, Spotify or any podcast player platform. Past episodes are archived, so listeners can tune in whenever they choose.

The first podcast was released on May 26 and featured Information on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Other podcast topics already available include heat stress, forage preservation and sampling, feeding strategies, animal activism, silage safety, risk management tools and reproduction.

For more information about the I-29 Moo University Collaboration and programs visit https://dairy.unl.edu/i-29-moo-university.

This article was submitted by Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Extension.